HTC confirmed on Friday that it is not going to produce a slate device in the immediate future; despite earlier rumors that the mobile handset giant had an Android and possibly Chrome version in the works. Eric Lin, the Global PR and online community manager for HTC, had this to say about tablets:
“We are always looking at it, but, right now, the whole idea is that in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling. And not just a compelling form factor. You need to find that compelling use, that compelling story, that one compelling feature. And we are not going to do anything until we have found that”
The statement that HTC is working towards something compelling and not just another run of the mill tablet may seem prudent to some and folly to others in light of the runaway success of the Apple iPad. Regardless of where you stand on HTC’s decision to watch, wait, and innovate, one thing is for sure — if and when HTC does finally enter the tablet market, it will do so with an iPad killer a bang.